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Unlock the Value in Your Data to Enhance Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Your Organization!

Big Data & Analytics for the Public Sector

Advance your knowledge in government-utilized predictive analytics, data visualization and artificial intelligence

October 1-2, 2019 · Ottawa, Ontario
Featuring These Industry Experts

Mark Armstrong, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Natural Resources Canada

Mark Armstrong is a data and information technology leader who has worked for the Federal Government for 17 years. He has a Degree in Computer Science (Major) and Environmental Science (Minor) from the University of Guelph. Mark started his career at Environment Canada (EC) out of Toronto, before moving to Ottawa. Over the last 17 years, Mark has worked for EC, TBS and PSPC and is now Deputy CIO here at NRCan. He has principally focused on data, and data services, but has also lead and directed large IT projects and teams. Mark cares about the bigger picture and doing quality work that has meaning. In his last role as Chief Data Officer, at PSPC, Mark championed the value of data and worked to break down cultural barriers to prompt the use and dissemination of data for smarter government.

Frederic Papillon, Senior Officer, Canadian Space Agency

Frederic graduated from Laval University in his home town of Quebec City with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA in International Management. He conducted research and wrote a paper on the organizational impacts of Artificial Intelligence at work and in society. Frederic worked as a business development officer in the private sector before joining the Federal Government. As a member of the public service, he has occupied positions with Global Affairs Canada as Science and Technology Officer, and as an advisor on strategic affairs for the Patent Branch of the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Frederic currently works at the Canadian Space Agency as a Senior Officer on Intellectual Property and Technology Transfers.

Eric Rancourt, Director General of the Methodology Branch, Statistics Canada

Eric has worked at Statistics Canada for 29 years. He has occupied several roles such as Director General of Strategic Data management, Director of International Cooperation, Director of Corporate Planning, Head of research, Production manager of Survey Methodology Journal, and researcher. His main areas of work have been on how to gather, safeguard and use administrative and alternate data in statistical programs. He has been involved in many professional associations and is an International Statistical Institute (ISI) elected member.

Mana Azarm, Senior Data Analytics Strategist, City of Ottawa

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Mana moved to Canada to continue her higher education. With a degree in Information Technology Management, she continued onto grad school for a Master’s in Systems Science and PhD in Electronic Business at the University of Ottawa. She has over 10 years of experience in Business Intelligence and Data Analytics mostly in the healthcare industry. She developed healthcare data management applications for The Ottawa Hospital, and the Bruyere Hospital while completing her Master’s degree. Mana worked at Champlain CCAC and later Champlain LHIN as a business intelligence developer for five years, where she developed the data infrastructure, built dashboards to support executive decision-making, and developed web-applications to utilize data for front line staff. Since October 2017 Mana has worked in Service Innovation and Planning department at the City of Ottawa to support City’s 100+ businesses with various data analytics projects.





The amount of data that's available for public use is exploding, and as such, implementing big data projects is becoming a major priority across the public sector. Big data, analytics, and business intelligence provide limitless opportunities for improving service delivery, informing policy decision-making, and boosting organizational performance. The public sector is under increasing pressure to ensure ease of use, reliability, speed, and access to their services, for all citizens.

However, there are still numerous hurdles to overcome before you can take advantage of big data's opportunities. These challenges include securing organizational buy-in, complying with privacy and legal regulations, and breaking down silos to effectively collaborate with different departments.

INFONEX's two-day Big Data & Analytics for the Public Sector will help you understand the benefits and pitfalls of big data and how it can be used to improve business functions and secure competitive advantage. Our faculty of leading experts will provide you with strategies for overcoming hurdles, securing buy-in, gathering and integrating your data, and leveraging your data to improve services and policy decisions.

Learn how to extract relevant information from data that can be used to make better organizational decisions. Get tips for overcoming challenges of implementing and maintaining a data governance program. Uncover ways to mitigate performance risks with business intelligence. Examine proven techniques for measuring the performance of your analytics and manage legal and privacy issues surrounding business intelligence.

Join us in Ottawa to learn the best practices for collecting and leveraging big data and analytics. Register today!

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